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Check your travel plans: Yellow Weather Alert for all of Iceland except South and Southwest

By Staff

  • Stormy weather Powerful gales and windgusts reaching hurricane force are not the recipe for ideal travel weather! Photo/Vilhelm

People should revise any plans they might have had to travel in the northern, eastern and south-eastern parts of Iceland. A yellow travel alert has been issued by the Icelandic Meteorological Office for all parts of Iceland except the South West and South, effective tonight.

Yellow Alert in effect
The IMO has issued a Yellow Alert for today, Friday, and tomorrow Saturday. Southwesterly gales and strong gales, with dangerously powerful localized wind gusts create difficult or dangerous travel conditions. Individual wind gusts which can reach hurricane force can easily cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles. RVs and travel trailers can be blown off the road in these kinds of winds.  

Weather alerts 1.12.17
IMO Yellow Alert The affected areas: Show caution and drive safe! Photo/IMO

The IMO has warned that tonight at 20:00 people should expect localized and hazardous winds near Vatnajökull glacier in South East Iceland. The strongest winds are expected in the region east of Öræfajökull, where mean wind of west 23-28 m/s (51-63 mph) can be expected with wind gusts 40-50 m/s (90-112 mph). The alert is in effect until midnight on Saturday.

The storm is expected to last somewhat shorter in other parts of Iceland. The sustained wind speeds will be lower than in the south east, but strong localized windgusts in the region can pose serious danger to drivers.

In the region around Breiðafjörður bay in West Iceland, including the northern shore of Snæfellsnes peninsula and the southern Westfjords, a yellow alert is in effect from 22:00 tonight, Friday, until 9:00 tomorrow morning, Saturday. 

In the Westfjords the alert is in effect from 20:00 tonight until 9:00 tomorrow morning, in the northwest and northeast the alert is in effect from 21:00 tonight, until until 9:00 tomorrow morning in the northwest, and 12:00 in the northeast.

In East Iceland the storm will only hit after midnight, but will continue until afternoon tomorrow.

Show caution
Travellers should take the weather warning seriously. Strong gales can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicles, and localized windgusts near steep mountains can even blow cars which are susceptible to wind off the road. Travellers driving in RVs, camper vans, or cars pulling travel trailers should avoid being being on the road in these conditions.

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